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Thursday, May 14, 2009

World premiere of R. Murray Schafer commission

NAC Orchestra performs world premiere of R. Murray Schafer commission plus Beethovens Fourth Piano Concerto with Angela Hewitt on May 20-21

The National Arts Centre Orchestra will present the world premiere performances of the NAC-commissioned work titled Dream-E-Scape by iconic Canadian composer R. Murray Schafer on Wednesday, May 20 and Thursday, May 21 at 8 p.m. in the NACs Southam Hall. These Ovation Series concerts feature Ottawas own world-renowned pianist Angela Hewitt performing Beethovens Piano Concerto No. 4. Conductor Patrick Summers is also leading Mendelssohns Symphony No. 5, Reformation and Beethovens Leonore Overture No. 3

Piano soloist Angela Hewitt will give Musically Speaking Pre-Concert Chats about Beethovens Fourth Concerto both nights at 7 pm (in English) hosted by CBC Radio Music Executive Producer Jill LaForty.

R. Murray Schafer, one of Canadas most gifted, most articulate, most provocative, most eclectic and most performed composers, turned 75 last summer. Dream-E-Scape was commissioned in honour of that milestone. The NAC Orchestra celebrated Schafer in a four-day new music festival and education symposium in March 2008 during which 10 of his works were performed. Many activities of the symposium are archived in the Great Composers section of the NACs Performing Arts Education website

The composer writes that Dream-E-Scape was written in a streak of twenty-six days, scarcely without looking back or trying to remember what had been written the day before. I wanted to try to capture the dream experience of incoherence in which everything is shifting and blurred together. Now we witness one image, now another shocking, alluring, repellent, voluptuous, risible totally without consistency or order.

Angela Hewitt is a phenomenal artist who has established herself at the highest level over the last few years not least through her superb, award-winning recordings for Hyperion. She has a vast repertoire ranging from Couperin to the contemporary and her discography includes CDs of Beethoven, Granados, Rameau, Olivier Messiaen, Ravel, Chopin, and J.S. Bach.

Hewitt says that Beethovens Fourth Piano Concerto is among her top four favourite piano concertos, that lift our spirits to another realm. They simply have, in an inspired performance, an emotional power that is transcendental, and moments that give us goose-bumps. In Beethovens Fourth, that moment for me comes at the end of the first-movement cadenza when the orchestra creeps in under a trill in the piano. How does Beethoven do it? Why does something so simple make us feel that way? It is a moment of incredible tenderness. We simply melt only then to recover our strength for the forceful close. Perhaps it is that remarkable combination of power and tenderness that makes this piece so special.

Tickets for these National Arts Centre Orchestra concerts with pianist Angela Hewitt and conductor Patrick Summers on Wednesday, May 20 and Thursday, May 21 at 8 p.m. are on sale now at $19.00, $39.00, $49.00, $59.00, $69.00 and $86.00 (GST and Facility Fee included) at the NAC Box Office (Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.), and through Ticketmaster (with surcharges) at 613-755-1111. Ticketmaster may also be accessed through the NACs website at

Half-price tickets for students in all sections of the hall are on sale in person at the NAC Box Office upon presentation of a valid student ID card. Live Rush tickets (subject to availability) for full-time students (aged 13 to 29) are $11 at the NAC Box Office from 2 p.m. the day before the concert to 6 p.m. the day of, upon presentation of a valid Live Rush card.

Groups of 10 and more save 15% to 20% off the regular price of tickets to NAC Music, Theatre and Dance performances. To reserve your seats call 613-947-7000 ext. 384 or email

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Friday, May 8, 2009

Symphony Nova Scotia wraps up its 25th anniversary season with Beer & Beethoven!

Reminder: Symphony Nova Scotia wraps up its 25th anniversary season with Beer & Beethoven!

Halifax, NS Symphony Nova Scotia and the Stadacona Band combine on Friday, May 8 and Saturday, May 9 at 8:00 pm at Canadian Forces Base Halifaxs Drill Hall to present the 17th annual Beer & Beethoven. Saturday nights performance is sold out, but limited tickets are still available for Friday.

This IBM-sponsored fundraiser brings you an energetic mix of popular music classics and Maritime favourites, accompanied by plenty of drinks, food, and prizes. The two bands will be conducted by Stadacona Band conductor Ray Murray and Symphony Nova Scotia Resident Conductor Martin MacDonald plus, music legend Howard Cable will make a special appearance conducting the combined forces of more than 70 musicians. The Stad Band will also be joined by special guest vocalist Liz Rigney, and the evening will be hosted by CBCs Heidi Petracek.

"I'm looking forward to coming and conducting the full forces of Symphony Nova Scotia and the Stad Band, says Cable. It's going to sound great, and it'll be a lot of fun, too!"

Beer & Beethoven isnt just a performance its a lively social event where mingling and chatting is part of the fun. While the orchestra plays, audience members relax around tables with friends and socialize at the bar. They can also try their hand at winning one of three raffle prize packages including a large silk painting, created live onsite during the performance by silk painter Holly Carr.

Seats are disappearing quickly, so reserve yours now! Tickets are only $26.50 (HST included) call 494.3820 or 1.800.874.1669, or visit Or, to reserve a table of 8 for only $200, call 421.1300, ext. 229.

Please note: since this event is licensed, patrons must be 19 or older.

Where is the Drill Hall? The Drill Hall is on the base at CFB Halifax, which is located between Barrington Street, Gottingen Street, and North Street in Halifax. Guests can either enter CFB Halifax at the Fleet Club Entrance on Barrington Street, or the Main Stadacona entrance on Gottingen Street. Volunteers and signs will direct guests to the Drill Hall once they arrive.

About the Stadacona Band

The Stadacona Band of Maritime Forces Atlantic is one of six regular force military bands serving the Canadian Forces. The band has always called Halifax its home and in 2009 will celebrate its 69th anniversary of representing the Navy, the Canadian Forces and the citizens of Canada at home and around the world. The Stadacona Band's 35 musicians can be found performing on a parade square, in a concert hall or at the dockyard welcoming naval vessels.

About Symphony Nova Scotia
Expect the Unexpected with Symphony Nova Scotia from Baroque to Berlioz to bluegrass! Each year the 37-member ensemble performs for more than 40,000 audience members (including 14,000 young music lovers) in communities across Nova Scotia. Under the inspirational leadership of Bernhard Gueller, Symphony Nova Scotia is recognized as one of the finest orchestras in the country. Join the orchestra in celebrating its 25th anniversary this season!

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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

OCNA, le 28 mars : Le maestro Boris Brott dirige Bravo Beethoven

Le maestro Boris Brott dirige Bravo Beethoven le prochain concert des Aventures familiales TD Canada Trust, le 28 mars

Ottawa (Canada) Le grand Ludwig Van Beethoven est l'honneur au cours du prochain concert de la srie Aventures familiales TD Canada Trust avec l'Orchestre du Centre national des Arts sous la direction du premier chef des concerts jeunesse et famille Boris Brott, le samedi 28 mars 13 h 30 et 15 h 30. Le concert Bravo Beethoven met en vedette le comdien d'Ottawa Peter Duschenes, du Thtre Platypus, dans le rle du compositeur, avec le violoniste Nikki Chooi, le percussionniste de l'OCNA Kenneth Simpson au synthtiseur et un rassemblement de churs de jeunes de la rgion et du secteur scolaire coordonn par Barbara Clark. Les Aventures familiales TD Canada Trust sont des concerts bilingues parfaitement adapts aux enfants de cinq ans et plus accompagns de leurs amis adultes.

Le billet inclut les activits Dormiville prsentes avant le concert dans le Foyer du CNA par les Amis de l'Orchestre du CNA, 45 minutes avant le dbut de chaque concert, soit 12 h 45 pour le premier concert et 14 h 45 pour le second.

Retrouvez Ludwig van Beethoven (incarn par Peter Duschenes) tandis qu'il redcouvre sa propre musique grce une prothse auditive du XXIe sicle. Les jeunes spectateurs pourront partager la joie de Beethoven l'coute de chefs-d'uvre musicaux tels que la Cinquime Symphonie, la Symphonie Hroque , La Bataille de Vitoria et la tempte de la Symphonie Pastorale . Nikki Chooi, violoniste originaire de Victoria, ancien lve des conservatoires de Victoria et du Collge Mount Royal, qui a galement particip l'Institut estival de musique du CNA, jouera un extrait du Concerto pour violon de Beethoven. la fin du concert, les membres de l'auditoire seront invits chanter avec le chur d'enfants le magnifique Hymne la joie de la Neuvime Symphonie!

Le Centre national des Arts Centre ddie ces concerts la mmoire de Mario Duschenes, clbre fltiste, compositeur et chef d'orchestre (et pre de Peter Duschenes) qui est mort un peu plus tt cette anne. Mario Duschenes a dirig les tout premiers concerts de l'Orchestre du CNA destins au public familial et a continu exercer ce rle de 1973 1988. Il a dirig l'Orchestre du CNA pour la dernire fois en 2001 pour la prsentation du spectacle musical Des rebuts et des rythmes, une commande du CNA qui a t reprise en janvier dernier sous son nouveau titre : Musique au clair de lune.

Les activits Dormiville prsentes l'occasion du concert Bravo Beethoven comprennent une exposition de la Bibliothque publique d'Ottawa sur le thme de Beethoven; un coin d'activit anim par Musique pour Jeunes Enfants; une exposition touche--tout d'instruments cordes prsente par l'Acadmie des orchestres des jeunes d'Ottawa; un coin de bricolage pour fabriquer des signets inspirs par Beethoven et une zone pour rpter l'Hymne la joie de Beethoven en vue du concert. Le Chur des jeunes de la rgion d'Ottawa, le Chur d'enfants d'Ottawa, l'Ottawa Catholic School Board Choir, le chur de jeunes filles Cantiamo d'Ottawa et l'cole secondaire publique De La Salle disposeront de tables d'information.

Toutes les Aventures familiales TD Canada Trust bnficient de l'OCNAtron prsent en collaboration avec la Tlvision Rogers. Cinq camras de tlvision installes sur scne et dans la salle enregistrent en direct des images vido des musiciens pendant qu'ils jouent sur scne et les transmettent sur l'cran gant surplombant la scne, afin de permettre au public de suivre de prs tout ce qui se passe.

L'Ottawa Citizen est le mdia partenaire des Aventures familiales TD Canada Trust avec l'Orchestre du CNA.

Les billets pour Bravo Beethoven , spectacle prsent le samedi 28 mars 13 h 30 et 15 h 30, incluant les activits Dormiville avant le concert, sont en vente ds maintenant 12 $ pour les enfants et 20 $ pour les adultes (TPS et frais d'tablissement inclus dans les cas qui s'appliquent), la Billetterie du CNA (du lundi au samedi de 10 h 21 h) et par l'entremise du rseau Ticketmaster (frais de service en sus) au (613) 755-1111. Consultez le site Web du Centre national des Arts l'adresse .

Formez un groupe de 10 personnes et plus et conomisez de 15 % 20 % sur le prix normal des billets pour l'Orchestre du CNA, la Danse et le Thtre. Pour rserver, composez le 947-7000, poste 384, ou crivez

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Monday, March 23, 2009

NACO, March 28: TD Canada Trust Family Adventures presents "Bravo Beethoven"

Bravo Beethoven led by Maestro Boris Brott the next TD Canada Trust Family Adventures concert on March 28

Ottawa (Canada) The great Ludwig Van Beethoven himself is celebrated in the next TD Canada Trust Family Adventures series concerts with the National Arts Centre Orchestra led by Principal Youth and Family Conductor Boris Brott on Saturday, March 28 at 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. in the afternoon. Bravo Beethoven features Ottawa performer Peter Duschenes of Platypus Theatre in the role of the composer, joined by violinist Nikki Chooi, NACO percussionist Kenneth Simpson on synthesizer, and a massed youth choir from community and school choirs coordinated by Barbara Clark. These bilingual TD Canada Trust Family Adventures are perfect for kids 5 and up and their grown-up friends.

The concert ticket includes TuneTown, pre-concert activities in the NAC Foyer organized by Friends of the NAC Orchestra 45 minutes prior to each concert, beginning at 12:45 p.m. for the first concert and 2:45 p.m. for the second concert.

Join Ludwig van Beethoven (played by Peter Duschenes) as he rediscovers the sounds of his music with the help of a 21st century hearing device. Children can share Beethovens delight in listening to such musical masterpieces as the Fifth Symphony, the Eroica Symphony, Wellingtons Victory, and the Storm from the Pastoral Symphony. An excerpt from Beethovens Violin Concerto will feature Victoria-born violinist Nikki Chooi, a former student at the Victoria and Mount Royal College Conservatories and a participant in the NACs Summer Music Institute. For the grand finale, audience members are invited to join with the childrens choir in singing the magnificent Ode to Joy, from the Ninth Symphony!

The National Arts Centre is dedicating these concerts to the memory of Mario Duschenes, the famed Canadian flutist, composer and conductor (and father of Peter Duschenes) who died earlier this year. Mario Duschenes led the NAC Orchestras first-ever family concerts and continued to do so from 1973 to 1988. He last conducted the NAC Orchestra in 2001 in the NAC-commissioned score for Rhythm in Your Rubbish, which was reprised this January under its new title Music Under a Midnight Moon.

The TuneTown activities for Bravo Beethoven include an Ottawa Public Library book display on the theme of Beethoven; an activity station by Music for Young Children; a string instrument petting zoo with the Ottawa Youth Orchestra Academy; a craft station to make Beethoven bookmarks, and an area to sing along and rehearse Beethovens Ode to Joy in preparation for participating in the concert. There will also be information displays from the Ottawa Regional Youth Choir, the Ottawa Childrens Choir, the Ottawa Catholic School Board Choir, the Cantiamo Girls Choir of Ottawa, and cole secondaire publique De La Salle.

All TD Canada Trust Family Adventures feature NACOtron presented in collaboration with Rogers Television. Five television cameras positioned on stage and in the hall capture live video images of the musicians while they are performing, and these images are projected onto a giant screen above the stage allowing the audience to watch the action in close-up.

The Ottawa Citizen is the media partner of the TD Canada Trust Family Adventures with the NAC Orchestra.

Tickets for Bravo Beethoven on Saturday, March 28 at 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m., including TuneTown Pre-Concert Activities, are $12.00 for children and $20.00 for adults (including GST and Facility Fee where applicable) and are on sale now at the NAC Box Office (Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.), and through Ticketmaster (with surcharges) at 613-755-1111. Visit the National Arts Centres web site at

Groups of 10 and more save 15% to 20% off the regular price of tickets to NAC Music, Theatre and Dance performances. To reserve your seats call 613-947-7000 ext. 384 or email

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Thursday, February 26, 2009

PSO Welcomes Grammy Award-Winning Guest Conductor JoAnn Falletta, March 24

PSO Welcomes Grammy Award-Winning Guest Conductor JoAnn Falletta, March 24

PORTLAND, Maine For a concert featuring Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 6, "Pathetique," and other celebrated works, the Portland Symphony Orchestra welcomes guest conductor JoAnn Falletta, winner of two 2009 Grammy Awards, and guest violinist Michael Ludwig. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 24 at Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle Street in Portland.

The PSO's Symphony 'Pathetique' concert opens with Robert Schumann's Overture to Manfred, Op. 115. Guest soloist Michael Ludwig joins the PSO for Beethoven's Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61, one of the most celebrated works of the violin concerto repertoire.

The program closes with the Symphony No. 6, "Pathetique," by Tchaikovsky. Exquisitely passionate and intensely emotional, with some of the most beautiful music ever written, the composer considered it "the best and most open-hearted" of his works.

Guest conductor JoAnn Falletta, acclaimed by The New York Times as "one of the finest conductors of her generation," serves as the Music Director of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra (BPO) and the Virginia Symphony Orchestra. This season, her 10th with the BPO, a recording by the Orchestra received a double Grammy Award for the first time in its history. The world premiere recording of John Corigliano's Mr. Tambourine Man was honored for Best Classical Vocal Performance and Best Classical Contemporary Composition. Both on and off the podium, Maestro Falletta is a vibrant ambassador for music and an inspiring artistic leader.

Violinist Michael Ludwig has been hailed by Strad Magazine for his "effortless, envy-provoking techniqueĶ sweet tone, brilliant expression, and grand style." Ludwig enjoys a multi-faceted career as a recording artist, chamber musician, and as a highly sought-after soloist he has performed on four continents with the likes of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Boston Pops, and Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra. He is Concertmaster of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, under Ms. Falletta.

Sponsored by Gorham Savings Bank, the concert begins at 7:30 p.m. with a Concert Conversation led by Maestra Falletta at 6:15 p.m. in the Rehearsal Hall. A radio broadcast of the performance can be heard on Maine Public Broadcasting Network (MPBN) on April 29 at 8:00 p.m.

Tickets range from $17-$65 and are sold through PortTix at (207) 842-0800 or, and new this year, the website offers real-time online seat selection. Phone and internet orders are subject to $5-per-ticket handling fees. Tickets may also be purchased in person at the box office at 20 Myrtle St., Monday through Saturday, noon to 6 p.m. For complete season information, including artist biographies and program notes, visit

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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Kapilow and Gryphon to Unravel Beethoven

Unraveling Beethoven
Robert Kapilow and Gryphon Trio pair up for special presentation of Beethovens Archduke Trio on March 9

TORONTO Toronto can catch composer/conductor Robert Kapilow, dubbed "classical music's greatest evangelist" (Boston Herald), and the award-winning Gryphon Trio in a musical treasure hunt to explore Beethoven's Archduke Trio. The concert, presented as part of the Chamber Music Series, features Robert Kapilow in his insightful yet entertaining analysis of Beethoven's famous work, followed by a performance by the Gryphon Trio. Widely acclaimed for his knockout presentations that appeal to aficionados and neophytes
alike, Kapilow "commands an audiences attention and offers many useful methods to listen more carefully to great works. (New York Sun). The concert takes place on Monday, March 9 at 7:30 pm in Walter Hall, 80 Queens Park. Tickets ($25 adults and $15 seniors/students) can be purchased at the box office in person or by calling 416-978-3744.

For more than 15 years, ROBERT KAPILOW has brought the joy and wonder of classical music and unraveled some of its mysteries to audiences of all ages and backgrounds. Characterized by his unique ability to create an aha moment for his audiences and collaborators, whatever their level of musical sophistication or naivet, Kapilows work brings music into peoples lives: opening new ears to musical experiences and helping people to listen actively rather than just hear. As the Boston Globe said, Its a cheering thought that this kind of missionary enterprise did not pass from this earth with Leonard Bernstein. Rob Kapilow is awfully good at what he does. We need him.
Kapilows range of activities is astonishingly broad, including his What Makes It Great? presentations (now in their twelfth seasons in New York and Boston), his family compositions and FamilyMusik events, and his Citypieces. The reach of his interactive events and activities is wide, both geographically and culturally: from Native American tribal communities in Montana and inner-city high school students in Louisiana to wine-tasters in the Napa Valley, and from tots barely out of diapers to musicologists long out of Ivy League programs, his audiences are diverse and unexpected, but invariably rapt and keen to come back for more. Kapilows popularity and appeal are reflected in notable invitations and achievements: he appeared on NBCs Today Show in conversation with Katie Couric; he presented a special What Makes It Great? event for broadcast on PBSs Live From Lincoln Center in January 2008; and he has written a book All You Have To Do Is Listen which will be published by the new alliance between Wiley and Lincoln Center on October 1, 2008. A documentary film, named Summer Sun, Winter Moon after Kapilows choral/symphonic work of the same name, will trace the process of that works composition from its conception through to its premiere, and will be broadcast on public television in fall 2008/spring 2009. Website:

"Rob Kapilow leaps into the void dividing music analysis from appreciation and fills it with exhilarating details and sensations. - New York Times

An educator, motivational speaker, and game show host, all rolled up in one ... Rob Kapilows insightful and entertaining programs ... often bring moments of revelation to even the most seasoned aficionados. Boston Globe

Now in their 16th year, the GRYPHON TRIO (Annalee Patipatanakoon, violin, Roman Borys, cello, Jamie Parker, piano) continues to delight audiences around the globe. Their celebrated recordings include works by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Dvorak, Lalo, and Shostakovich. With a strong commitment to expanding the piano trio repertoire, the Trio has commissioned and premiered over 50 works. Their 2004 recording, Canadian Premieres, features the work of leading Canadian composers and was awarded a Juno. Their upcoming recording, Tango Nuevo, will represent their tenth CD for the Analekta label. Their complete recording of Schubert's piano trios has garnered a 2009 Juno Award nomination. As Canadas pre-eminent ensemble, the Trio continues to be actively involved in teaching and nurturing future generations of both classical musicians and audiences. All three members of the ensemble teach at the University of Torontos Faculty of Music where Jamie Parker is the Rupert E. Edwards Chair in Piano Performance. Strongly dedicated to pushing the boundaries of chamber music, their most ambitious undertaking has been the groundbreaking multimedia production of Christos Hatzis Constantinople which was presented by the Royal Opera House in the Linbury Studio in March 2007. In 2008, the Gryphon Trio were the Artistic Programming Directors of the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival, a position they will resume for the 2009 Festival.

The three instruments join in a balance of rare perfection. - Le Soir, Brussels, Belgium

Ķdynamics of unusual depth and varietyĶ - The Washington Post

The Faculty of Music CHAMBER MUSIC SERIES brings to Walter Hall some of the worlds finest chamber music groups. Recent and upcoming performers include the Miro Quartet, Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet, St. Lawrence String Quartet, cellist Steven Isserlis, and the Gryphon Trio. For more information on this and other Faculty of Music concert series, please visit our website at or contact the Box Office at 416-978-3744.


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Monday, February 23, 2009

Rare Beethoven Letter

AMHERST, N.HA rare handwritten letter from composer Ludwig van Beethoven has surfaced for auction at RRAuction in Amherst, NH.

The letter was written to Beethovens good friend, composer and publisher Tobias Haslinger. Addressing Haslinger as the best and brightest aide-de-camp
, Beethoven asks, whether you could come and see me tomorrow morning concerning the correction of the symphony. They [the corrections] should be done by then and it is necessary to discuss certain things as there are still several inconsistencies. So I expect you here since I will not be able to come to youĶ.

Beethoven expert Professor Barry Cooper of the University of Manchester in the UK pointed out the significance of the rare document: Correcting proofs was a task Beethoven always found irksome, and occasionally he overlooked mistakes. Here, however, he had spotted several blunders, and was summoning Haslinger to discuss them. Professor Cooper added, the letter was written at a time when Beethoven was too unwell to compose much music at all.

The work to which Beethoven refers was evidently the Eighth Symphony, composed in 1812 and first performed in 1814. The letter itself probably dates to January 1817, at a time when Haslinger assisted Beethoven in preparing the Eighth Symphony for publication.

John Reznikoff of University Archives in Westport, Connecticut believes the Beethoven document will exceed the pre-auction estimate of $20,000, We are lucky to have this offered in the United States as most Beethoven items never leave Europe. The last comparable item fetched nearly $80,000.

The letter was previously purchased at the Berlin auction house Meyer & Ernst in October 1933 and remained in a private collection for nearly seven decades. RRAuction is the first auction house in the United States to offer the item.

Other items of particular interest among the more than 1,500 lots to be offered in the auction include a program from a 1908 aeronautical dinner signed by Wilbur Wright; a remarkable oversized photo inscribed by Marilyn Monroe to her The Prince and the Showgirl screenwriter, Terence Rattigan; and a rare presidential-date document signed by James Garfield.

The auction ends on March 11. For information, visit the RRauction web site at, or contact Elizebeth Otto at


Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Eddins and Kulesha conduct invigorating repertoire in Masters Series concerts - Feb. 20 and Feb. 21

Classic Landmarks Masters

William Eddins and Gary Kulesha both at the forefront in virtuosic evening of Bach and Beethoven

Friday, February 20th 7:30 pm; Saturday, February 21st 8:00 pm

Edmonton, AB Ķ In a rare gesture, Canadian composer Gary Kulesha takes the baton to lead the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra (ESO) in his own composition, Symphony No. 3. William Eddins will also command the role of conductor, but from the harpsichord, in Bachs Fifth Brandenburg Concerto. Also featured in this treasured Baroque masterpiece are ESO Concertmaster Martin Riseley, and Principal Flute Elizabeth Koch. Pianist Jon Kimura Parker takes the solo role in the evenings concluding work, Beethovens First Piano Concerto, a remarkable work marked with the bold strokes and propulsive energy of an emerging titan.

Ticket prices for this performance range from $20-$69 (agency fees apply). Student and senior $20 rush tickets are on sale, subject to availability, two hours prior to performance time. Afterthoughts, following Fridays performance, will feature conductors William Eddins and Gary Kulesha. Saturday evenings 7:15 pm Symphony Prelude features Allan Gilliland and Gary Kulesha.

Special $10 Friday morning ESO/Eddins concert on February 20th 10:00 am

In addition to the Friday and Saturday night concert events, the ESO invites you to explore The Shapes and Shades of Music on Friday, February 20th at 10:00 am. During this highly interactive concert, host William Eddins, Gary Kulesha and Jon Kimura Parker will delve deep into live excerpts of musical works, enlightening audience members through discussion of tuneful aspects underlying the music. The excerpts from Bach, Beethoven, and Kulesha to be presented at the morning demonstration will be performed in their entirety both Friday and Saturday evenings. Dont miss this unique symphonic opportunity! Tickets for The Shapes and Shades of Music are only $10 (agency fee applies) and are available by calling the Winspear Centre Box Office at (780) 428-1414.

The next performance of The Masters takes place on March 7th and 8th, with conductor William Eddins and cellist Pieter Wispelwey in Music that Changed the World, featuring Beethovens 5th Symphony, arguably the most well-known composition of classical music.

This series is generously supported by Classic Landmarks Master Builder.

Media Sponsor: CKUA Radio Network and the Edmonton Journal


Media contact:

Pamela Pecush, Publicist

Edmonton Symphony Orchestra

Office: (780) 401-2532; Cell: (780) 952-2532

Winspear Centre Box Office:

(780) 428-1414 or 1-800-563-5081

#4 Winston Churchill Square


William Eddins is Music Director of the Edmonton SymphonyBuffalo, N.Y., he currently resides in Minneapolis with his lovely wife Jen, a clarinetist, and their two boys Raef and Riley. Orchestra. A native of

Bill has been playing piano since he was five when his parents bought a Wurlitzer Grand piano at a garage sale. He started conducting during his sophomore year at the Eastman School of Music, and most of the '80s were spent trying to decide whether to pursue a career in conducting or piano. In 1989, Bill decided to study conducting with Dan Lewis at the University of Southern California, from whence he managed to land assistant conductor posts with the Chicago Symphony and the Minnesota Orchestra in 1992.

Bill is committed to bringing classical music to the greater public. He has started a podcast Classical Connections which is dedicated to exploring the history of classical music and highlights live chamber music performances in which Bill has taken part. He has also produced a solo piano CD Bad Boys, Volume I which features Beethoven's "Hammerklavier" Sonata and Albright's Nightmare Fantasy Rag.

Although principally a composer, Gary Kulesha is active as both a pianist and a conductor, and as a teacher. His music has been commissioned, performed, and recorded by musicians and ensembles all over the world. Mr. Kulesha's first opera, Red Emma, was included in Opera America's book of "Operas which should be performed more often", beside works by Copland, Bernstein, and Weill.

In 1988 to 1992, Gary Kulesha was Composer in Residence with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra. He was Composer in Residence with the Canadian Opera Company from 1993 to 1995. In September 1995, he was appointed Composer-Advisor to The Toronto Symphony Orchestra, where his duties include composing, conducting, and advising on repertoire. In February 1998, the TSO premiered his Symphony for two conductors and orchestra, with Jukka Pekka Saraste and Gary Kulesha conducting. Symphony was awarded a prize at the Winnipeg Symphony New Music Festival in 2001 as Best Canadian Orchestra Composition of the 1990s. In March of 2005, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra premiered Second Symphony. In November of 2006, Shauna Rolston premiered Concerto for Cello and Orchestra with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. In May of 2007, the National Arts Centre Orchestra premiered Third Symphony, the work which the ESO will perform at these concerts.

In 1990, Mr. Kulesha was nominated for a Juno award for his Third Chamber Concerto. He was nominated again in 2000 for The Book of Mirrors. In 1986, he was named Composer of the Year by PROCanada, the youngest composer ever so honoured. His conducting activities are extensive, and he has premiered literally hundreds of works. He has guest conducted frequently with several major orchestras throughout Canada, and has recorded for radio and CD. Mr. Kulesha is on the fulltime faculty of the Faculty of Music at the University of Toronto. He lives in Toronto with his wife, composer Larysa Kuzmenko.

This is Mr. Kuleshas debut as a conductor of the ESO. Previous compositions by Mr. Kulesha performed by the ESO are Dreams (October 1989) and Essay for Orchestra No. 2 (April 1986).

Internationally acclaimed concert pianist Jon Kimura Parker's extraordinary career has taken him from Carnegie Hall and London's Royal Festival Hall to Baffin Island and Zimbabwe. A true Canadian ambassador of music, Mr. Parker has given two command performances for Queen Elizabeth II, special performances for the United States Supreme Court, and has performed for the Prime Ministers of Canada and Japan. He is an Officer of The Order of Canada. He has performed as guest soloist with the New York Philharmonic, The Cleveland Orchestra, The Philadelphia Orchestra, the Warsaw Philharmonic, the NHK Tokyo Orchestra, and with major orchestra in Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Cincinnati, Dallas, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Montral, San Diego, Salt Lake City, and Toronto.

Jon Kimura Parker is Professor of Piano at The Shepherd School of Music at Rice University in Houston. Mr. Parker is the E. Stephen Purdom Distinguished Visiting Artist at the Schwob School of Music at Columbus State University, as well as Honorary Co-Chair of the Piano Pedagogy Research Laboratory at the University of Ottawa. "Jackie" Parker received all of his early education in Canada, training with his uncle, Edward Parker and his mother, Keiko Parker. He studied with Lee Kum-Sing at the Vancouver Academy of Music and U.B.C., Marek Jablonski at The Banff Centre, and with renowned pedagogue Adele Marcus at The Juilliard School, where he received his doctorate. He won the Gold Medal at the 1984 Leeds International Piano Competition. Mr. Parker has recorded for Telarc with Yoel Levi, Andre Previn and Peter Schickele. He was born, raised, and educated in Vancouver. He lives in Houston with his wife, violinist Aloysia Friedmann and their daughter Sophie.

Mr. Parker last appeared with the ESO in March 2007.

Originally from the Philadelphia area, Elizabeth Koch has been Principal Flute with the ESO since 1987. She studied at the New School of Music in Philadelphia, the Cleveland Institute of Music and the Blossom Festival School (summer home of the Cleveland Orchestra). Her teachers include David Cramer (Assistant Principal Flute, Philadelphia Orchestra), Jeffrey Khaner (Principal Flute, Philadelphia Orchestra) and Adeline Tomasone (Principal Flute, Philadelphia Opera). In the summer of 1987, Elizabeth was the only American flutist to play in the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival Orkester under Leonard Bernstein.

Since arriving in Edmonton, Elizabeth Koch has been in demand as a soloist with the ESO, the Alberta Baroque Ensemble, ECHO and the Arden Ensemble. Elizabeth was a founding member of the woodwind trio Take 3 which was heard regularly on CBC Radio from 1992-1998. She is on faculty at King's University College and maintains a private studio. She is married to ESO violinist Murray Vaasjo. They have one son - and several cats.

A native of New Zealand, Martin Riseley began violin studies at the age of six, and gave his first solo concert when he was ten. After several years of study with the English violinist Carl Pini, he entered the University of Canterbury School of Music in 1986. In 1988 he won the Television New Zealand Young Musicians Competition and Australian Guarantee Corporation Young Achievers Award. Upon graduating with a Bachelor of Music degree he went to the Juilliard School in 1989 where he studied with Dorothy DeLay and Piotr Milewski, and was coached in chamber music by Samuel Rhodes and Joel Smirnoff of the Juilliard Quartet, and by Felix Galimir. Riseley graduated from Juilliard in 1996 with his Doctorate of Musical Arts degree.

Mr. Riseley assisted Dorothy DeLay as a teaching fellow in the Pre-College Division of Juilliard while in New York, and taught at the 92nd Street 'Y'. He was also soloist and concertmaster with the Chamber Players of the Juilliard School in their Merkin Hall debut, and in Alice Tully Hall as part of the Mozart Bicentennial celebrations at Lincoln Center.

Martin Riseley has been Concertmaster of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra since 1994, and his solo and chamber concerts have appeared on CBC radio. He gave the North American premiere of the violin concerto "The Bulls of Bashan" by Gavin Bryars, and played the Chaconne from The Red Violin by John Corigliano at the ESO's Enbridge Symphony Under the Sky festival. He also premiered a concerto by the ESO's Composer in Residence, Allan Gilliland in 2002.

He served as Interim Associate Concertmaster of the National Arts Center Orchestra for the 2002-2003 season, and was guest concertmaster of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra during 2003.

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Monday, February 2, 2009

NAC, Feb. 10: Radu Lupu gives a solo piano recital of Beethoven and Schubert

The phenomenal Radu Lupu gives a solo piano recital of Beethoven and Schubert at the NAC on Feb. 10

Ottawa, Canada A true colossus in the world of music, the Romanian virtuoso Radu Lupu will perform three piano sonatas by Beethoven including the monumental Pathtique, and one Schubert Sonata in the National Arts Centres Southam Hall on Tuesday, February 10 at 8 p.m. This solo piano recital opens the 2008-09 season of the Bombardier Great Performers Series.

Of Beethovens vast output of 32 piano sonatas, a genre that occupied the composer throughout his entire creative life, the Pathtique Sonata No. 8 in C minor is the most exalted of all both in popular acclaim and historical import. The word pathtique meant moved by strong passions, an apt title for this emotionally powerful work composed on the threshold of the age of musical Romanticism. Beethovens two Op. 14 Sonatas (Nos. 9 and 10) reveal the composer in a relaxed, genial mood, and are filled with charm, elegance and intimacy.

In the second half of the recital, Radu Lupu will perform Schuberts Sonata in B-flat major. Like Beethoven, Schubert wrote piano sonatas throughout his lifetime, and this one is considered to one of the greatest works (many claim the greatest) in this genre.

Radu Lupu is firmly established as one of the most important musicians of his generation and is widely acknowledged as a leading interpreter of the works of Beethoven, Brahms, Mozart and Schubert. The pianist won a 1996 Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Soloist Performance for his London/Decca recording the Schubert B-flat major Sonata which he is performing on this concert. His discography also includes a recording of Beethovens Pathtique Sonata as well as complete Beethoven concertos with the Israel Philharmonic and Zubin Mehta.

First Prize winner in the 1966 Van Cliburn, the 1967 Enescu International and the 1969 Leeds International competitions, Radu Lupu has regularly performed as soloist and recitalist in the musical capitals and major festivals of Europe and the United States. He has appeared many times with the Berlin Philharmonic and with the Vienna Philharmonici. He is also a frequent visitor to the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and all of the major London orchestras. This season, his annual winter tour will include concerts with the Cleveland Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, and the Montreal Symphony. His European orchestral engagements include the Berlin Staatskapelle, Amsterdam Concertgebouw and Zurich Tonhalle, as well as recitals in Berlin, Amsterdam, Paris, Brussels, and Stockholm.

Radu Lupu has performed at the NAC several times, both in recital and as soloist with the NAC Orchestra. His most recent recitals were in 2006 and 1999.

Tickets for this Bombardier Great Performers recital featuring Radu Lupu on February 10 are on sale now at $19.00, $39.00, $45.00, $49.00, $59.00 and $69.00 (GST and Facility Fee included) at the NAC Box Office (Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.), and through Ticketmaster (with surcharges) at 613-755-1111. Ticketmaster may also be accessed through the NACs web-site at

Half-price tickets for students in all sections of the hall are on sale in person at the NAC Box Office upon presentation of a valid student ID card. Live Rush tickets (subject to availability) for full-time students (aged 13 to 29) are $11 at the NAC Box Office from 2 p.m. the day before the concert to 6 p.m. the day of, upon presentation of a valid Live Rush card.

Groups of 10 and more save 15% to 20% off the regular price of tickets to NAC Music, Theatre and Dance performances. To reserve your seats call 613-947-7000 ext. 384 or email

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Friday, January 30, 2009

Alexander Brott Tribute concert

MONTRAL January 27, 2009

The McGill Chamber Orchestra

Press Release

All Beethoven Program


The McGill Chamber Orchestra, performing under Artistic Director Boris Brott, presents an ALL BEETHOVEN concert in tribute to its Founder and first Musical Director Alexander Brott, Wednesday, February 11, 2009 at 7:30 pm, in Pollack Hall, 555 Sherbrooke Street West.

The Alexander Brott Tribute will feature the composer's Paraphrase in Polyphony. The work is based upon Qubec's ONLY DIRECT connection to Beethoven, a manuscript (attached) discovered by Montral antiquarian and music lover Lawrence Lande, which is a Canon in Beethoven's handwriting dedicated to a Qubec music teacher Theodore Molt who visited Beethoven in Vienna. The original document is housed at the National Library of Canada. A copy of this manuscript will be on display at the concert as the original is too fragile to be shipped! Paraphrase in Polyphony was recorded on the Analekta label.

Janina Fialkowska (photo attached) is recognized as one of Montral's greatest musical exports. She graces the world's stages with stirring interpretations of Chopin and Beethoven. She studied with the renowned Yvonne Lefebure in Paris. In New York she completed her studies at the Juilliard School of Music with Sasha Gorodnitzki. Her career was launched by the legendary Arthur Rubinstein after her prize winning performances at the first international piano competition held in his name.

Ms. Fialkowska will perform Beethoven's beloved Piano Concerto No.4

in G Major.

The Orchestra will begin the concert with the Overture, Adagio and Allegro from Beethoven's ballet score The Creatures of Prometheus.

Program for the evening:

Ludwig van Beethoven Die Geschpfe des Prometheus

(The Creatures of Prometheus)

Overture, Adagio and Finale

Alexander Brott Paraphrase in Polyphony

Ludwig van Beethoven Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 4 in G major, Opus 58

The concert is sponsored by the AZRIELI FOUNDATION.

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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Ottawa Chamber Music Society ~ Beethoven Benefits the Ottawa Chamber Music Society




Ottawa (January 27, 2009) The Ottawa Chamber Music Society is proud to present the Gryphon Trio and special guest mezzo-soprano Julie Nesrallah in a benefit concert for the Ottawa Chamber Music Society featuring a spectacular all-Beethoven program. The concert will take place Thursday, February 5 at 7:30 PM at Dominion-Chalmers United Church and will include a selection of Beethovens charming Op. 108 Scottish Songs, the Trio in G major Op. 1, No. 2, and will conclude with the Trio in B flat Op. 97 Archduke, one of the greatest chamber works of all time.

Featuring one of his first published chamber works as well as one of his best known, the program also includes lesser known arrangements of folk music that Beethoven produced on the side. All proceeds from this concert will support the year-round musical presentations and the education and outreach initiatives presented by the Ottawa Chamber Music Society.

This unusual Beethoven concert is guaranteed to delight audiences. One of Beethovens earliest published works, the Piano Trio No. 2 in G major, is a sparkling work that features great breadth and brilliance and reveals the promise of even greater works to come, enthuses Roman Borys, cellist for the Gryphon Trio.

A collection of Beethovens lively and lyrical folksongs are beautifully performed in a premiere collaboration with Ottawa artist Julie Nesrallah and the Gryphon Trio. Beethoven arranged over 200 Scottish, Welsh, Irish, English and other folk songs, most of which are virtually unknown today. While some suggest that he arranged these songs to earn extra money, their charm suggests that the great master truly enjoyed this form of composition. The stunning program concludes with the Piano Trio No. 7 in B-flat major, opus 97, Archduke. Composed in honour of his long-time patron and dear friend, Archduke Rudolph, Beethovens passionate and touching Archduke Trio continues to stand today as one of the greatest works of chamber music ever written.

Single tickets for the benefit concert can be purchased for the special sale price of $30 - $47 and are available at the Ottawa Chamber Music Society box office (401-200 Isabella Street), by calling 613-234-8008, or at the door.

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Monday, January 26, 2009

Mari Kodama, DSO-Berlin, Kent Nagano - Beethoven Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2


Piano Concerto Nos. 1 & 2

AN 2 9955

Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin

Kent Nagano, honorary conductor

Mari Kodama, pianist

Release date: January 27, 2009

Montreal, January 27, 2009 Kent Nagano, Music Director of the Orchestre Symphonique de Montral and General Music Director of the Bavarian State Opera in Munich since 2006, conducts once more the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, an orchestra he knows well as he was its Artistic Director from 2000 to 2006, and pianist Mari Kodama in a recording devoted to Ludwig van Beethoven's first two piano concertos.

In November 1792, shortly before his 22nd birthday, Ludwig van Beethoven moved to Vienna. Among the compositions which he took from Bonn was a Piano Concerto in B-flat majorthe Concerto No. 2, a work with which he introduced himself to the musical public. Even after the successful first performance Beethoven made changes on at least three occasions. In no other work by Beethoven can we trace so clearly the various stages of its musical development.

Chronologically, Beethoven's First Piano Concerto was his second. It already contains what was later to characterize the concertos and symphonies of the classical Viennese composer: intensive thematic work, subliminal links between the movements, but above all the principle of contrast between the various planes of the composition. In a sense, these two concertos serve as translation of the sound of the times, beneath a European horizon.

Pianist Mari Kodama has established an international reputation for her musical sensitivity and outstanding virtuosity. In performances throughout Europe, the USA and Japan, she has consistently proven the profound aesthetics of her very personal and unique style. Recent concert highlights include Beethoven concerto performances with orchestras in Berlin, Montreal, Baden-Baden, Bad Kissingen, Singapore and Osnabrck, and in appearances at the Schleswig-Holstein and Bad Kissingen Festivals.

Kent Nagano has established a reputation as a gifted interpreter of both the operatic and symphonic repertoire. He was Music Director of the Opra National de Lyon, Music Director of the Hall Orchestra and Associate Principal Guest Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra. In 2003, Kent Nagano became the first Music Director of Los Angeles Opera. A very important period in his career was his time as Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin from 2000-2006 after which he was then given the title Honorary Conductor.

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